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dc.contributor.authorAmon, Diva
dc.contributor.authorZiegler, AF
dc.contributor.authorKremenetskaia, A
dc.contributor.authorMah, CL
dc.contributor.authorMooi, R
dc.contributor.authorO Hara, T
dc.contributor.authorPawson, DL
dc.contributor.authorRoux, M
dc.contributor.authorSmith, CR
dc.identifier.citationAmon D, Ziegler A, Kremenetskaia A, Mah C, Mooi R, O'Hara T, Pawson D, Roux M, Smith C (2017) Megafauna of the UKSRL exploration contract area and eastern Clarion-Clipperton Zone in the Pacific Ocean: Echinodermata. Biodiversity Data Journal 5: e11794.en_US
dc.description.abstractBackground: There is growing interest in mining polymetallic nodules from the abyssal Clarion-Clipperton Zone (CCZ) in the tropical Pacific Ocean. Despite being the focus of environmental studies for decades, the benthic megafauna of the CCZ remain poorly known. In order to predict and manage the environmental impacts of mining in the CCZ, baseline knowledge of the megafauna is essential. The ABYSSLINE Project has conducted benthic biological baseline surveys in the UK Seabed Resources Ltd polymetallic-nodule exploration contract area (UK-1). Prior to these research cruises in 2013 and 2015, no biological studies had been done in this area of the eastern CCZ. New information: Using a Remotely Operated Vehicle and Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, the megafauna within the UKSRL exploration contract area (UK-1) and at a site ~250 km east of the UK-1 area were surveyed, allowing us to make the first estimates of megafaunal morphospecies richness from the imagery collected. Here, we present an atlas of the abyssal echinoderm megafauna observed and collected during the ABYSSLINE cruises to the UK-1 polymetallic-nodule exploration contract area in the CCZ. There appear to be at least 62 distinct morphospecies (13 Asteroidea, 5 Crinoidea, 9 Echinoidea, 29 Holothuroidea and 6 Ophiuroidea) identified mostly by imagery but also using molecular barcoding for a limited number of animals that were collected. This atlas will aid the synthesis of megafaunal presence/absence data collected by contractors, scientists and other stakeholders undertaking work in the CCZ, ultimately helping to decipher the biogeography of the megafauna in this threatened habitat.en_US
dc.publisherPensoft Publishersen_US
dc.titleMegafauna of the UKSRL exploration contract area and eastern Clarion-Clipperton Zone in the Pacific Ocean: Echinodermataen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.identifier.journalBiodiversity Data Journalen_US
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elements.import.authorAmon, DJen_US
elements.import.authorZiegler, AFen_US
elements.import.authorKremenetskaia, Aen_US
elements.import.authorMah, CLen_US
elements.import.authorMooi, Ren_US
elements.import.authorO Hara, Ten_US
elements.import.authorPawson, DLen_US
elements.import.authorRoux, Men_US
elements.import.authorSmith, CRen_US
dc.description.nhmThis is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.en_US
dc.subject.nhmdeep-sea miningen_US
dc.subject.nhmpolymetallic noduleen_US
dc.subject.nhmClarion-Clipperton Zoneen_US

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